fab·​ri·​cate | \ ˈfa-bri-ˌkāt How to pronounce fabricate (audio) \
fabricated; fabricating

Definition of fabricate

transitive verb

1a : invent, create
b : to make up for the purpose of deception accused of fabricating evidence
2 : construct, manufacture specifically : to construct from diverse and usually standardized parts Their plan is to fabricate the house out of synthetic parts.

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Other Words from fabricate

fabricator \ ˈfa-​bri-​ˌkā-​tər How to pronounce fabricate (audio) \ noun

Examples of fabricate in a Sentence

Only the largest parts were fabricated at the factory. Their plan is to fabricate the house out of synthetic materials. a story fabricated to sell magazines She was accused of fabricating data.
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Recent Examples on the Web People helped fabricate and weld parts, and a Fairbanks plumber found replacement valves. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "Volunteer rush to help keep water flowing in Nenana after plant pipes burst in extreme cold," 9 Feb. 2021 The report’s most scathing criticism of Russia’s actions was reserved for efforts to fabricate messages in the laboratory’s data system. New York Times, "Three Judges Endorsed Penalties for Russia’s Doping. Then They Cut the Ban in Half.," 13 Jan. 2021 Like their political ancestor in the 1950s, the infamous Sen. Joseph McCarthy, some of them fabricate charges and provide no evidence. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Editorial: Trump's conspiracy theories about the election threaten the nation. Wisconsin Republicans don't seem to care.," 22 Dec. 2020 Instead, the lawsuit alleges, the detectives used the language barrier to either fabricate incriminating admissions from Monteiro, or made up his statements directly. Amanda Milkovits, BostonGlobe.com, "Man falsely accused of murder sues Pawtucket police, says cold-case detective used him for publicity," 26 Jan. 2021 The key provision of the action against China’s largest chipmaker is a restriction on selling equipment and other items used to fabricate advanced chips, an area U.S. suppliers dominate. Bloomberg.com, "How Chinese Chip Giant SMIC Can Evade Trump’s Newest Crackdown," 22 Dec. 2020 The board also approved a $4,500 change order to Engelke Construction for labor, materials, and sandblasting to fabricate and deliver black granite plaques at the new Herron Park. Brian Lisik, cleveland, "Brunswick school officials looking forward to middle school open house," 28 Dec. 2020 Two of the women who initially said Mr. Nygard raped them later recanted, saying they were paid to fabricate their claims. New York Times, "Fashion Mogul Peter Nygard Indicted on Sex-Trafficking Charges," 15 Dec. 2020 Those fossil fuels then allowed engineers to fabricate a world of iron, steel, concrete, and ultimately plastic. Daniel Immerwahr, The New Republic, "How Trees Made Us Human," 1 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of fabricate

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for fabricate

Middle English fabricaten, borrowed from Latin fabricātus, past participle of fabricāre, fabricārī "to fashion, shape, construct," derivative of fabrica "process of making something, craft, art" — more at fabric

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The first known use of fabricate was in the 15th century

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23 Feb 2021

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“Fabricate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fabricate. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of fabricate

: to make or build (something)
: to create or make up (something, such as a story) in order to trick people


fab·​ri·​cate | \ ˈfa-brə-ˌkāt How to pronounce fabricate (audio) \
fabricated; fabricating

Legal Definition of fabricate

transitive verb

: to make up (as testimony) with an intent to deceive

intransitive verb

: to make something up with an intent to deceive there was a motive to fabricate— Gary Taylor

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